1st SAL.....Peg, Dale and I committed to stitching Anni Downs - A Gardener's Journal in March. I blogged about this on my blog thinking maybe one or 2 others may join us and lots of girls indicated an interest so I decided to start this blog where we can all encourage each other to meet the goals set along the way....March 2010 -March 2011...........
2nd SAL ......well so many of the girls wanted to continue on with another project and some new girls joined us and now approx 91 girls are stitching Natalie Bird's Tis the Season. March to Sept 2011...............
3rd SAL....many girls want to stick with the SAL so now we have moved onto Anni Downs Some Kind of Wonderful - My Favourite Things Quilt.......Oct 2011-Oct 2012.........
Where are we now.....
4th SAL 2013...is numerous smaller projects from the previous 2 books Tis the Season and Some Kind of Wonderful plus some projects from Red Home by Natalie Bird approx 60 ladies stitching together.........
2014 we had the year off..............
5th SAL 2015..........inspired to continue we are doing another quilt project.....Anni Downs newest quilt Natures Journey.....

Friday, February 27, 2015

Yay...made it with a day to spare :)

Looking at all of the lovely work coming through gave me the mojo to get stuck into the last couple of blocks and the threat of chooky's whip looming also helped.

Here are my completed Feb blocks

congratulations to everyone on their finishes for this month, hope I can keep on track (fingers crossed)

I've Made a Start

I have finally made a start on my journey to finish this beautiful quilt. I am trying to decide  whether to  blanket stitch or needle turn.   I am not very good at needle turn....  Anyway I have cut out most of the first stage....I know I won't make the end of the month target but maybe by next Friday it will be done. Life just gets in the way of what you want to do sometimes.

I found the bobbin  donut the perfect 5 inch circle..  I just one the work everyone has been doing.  Its storming here right now, hope it rains..a lot of thunder and lightning.  good night all....

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Here's look'in at you Chookyblue!

I'm over the finish line with 2 days to spare........

So you can stop waving that whip at me Miss Chook.... I'm a good girl I am (sometimes).

Now that I've got the bit between my teeth I can't wait for the next block to arrive from Aus.  Would you believe I'm actually considering making TWO Natures Journeys.   Nope... I haven't lost my marbles I'm just blown away by all the lovely blocks and fabric choices you girls are making and I'm getting overexcited.    Will someone talk me down from the ledge here.......:o)

OK... happy danced around the garden punching the air three times already.    I figure  that's enough aerobic exercise for one day.... back to my needle and thread then.....

Hope you girls are all as happy as I am today....

See ya soon......
Josie  xxx  

Nearly there...

before I get a spanking I had better comment on where I am up to,
I have done everything except the small circle's in the centre's and will post a pic of the finished blocks hopefully before the clock strike's midnight :)

I think I can, I think I can...

Sorry to say I am not finished...hope to be by Saturday Midnight (and that's local time Chookyblue).

But some progress... I have realised that all my small squares have a square border and some should be round, so I will just swap them with blocks in the right month later on...

So, even if you are not finished like me - jut put up a short post and let us know you are working on it...otherwise Whip Cracker #1 will be on your case.....just sayin' . . .

Will I do the 2015...or 201 and leave a gap??

Natures Journey - February blocks

Whoot....whooot!  I'm finished my blocks for this month and I even figured out how to get my pic onto this blog and my own blog...what a challenge...if you don't use it....you loose it!  Shame on me!  I have not blogged in over a year and I was loosing it! LOL

So here we have it...my first attempt at this kind of appliqué.  I am so pleased with the outcome and I'm cracking to get going on March's blocks.  Hopefully I will have my Lynette Anderson aplisticks by then but if not my chop sticks will suffice!

I've used Primitive Snowman for the backgrounds with a few a couple of other fabrics from my stash and I'm using a few different French General collections.  I love collecting FG!
Happy Stitching Ladies!  From what I see so far, we are all off to a good start and have avoided Chooky's and Susan's whip!  Yippee!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

February Blocks

Well with a couple of days to spare here are my February blocks. Am really enjoying stitching these -

Month One Finished!

I have finished Month One just in time! They still need to be trimmed, but I prefer to wait until I am ready to put the top together.

Sorry for absence, computor needed repair.

Yep, just when you think things are all systems go Thunderbirds the computor has a melt down, so here we go take two.

February Stitch Along blocks complete,Yeah!!!

Well that feels better I am off the blocks with my part 1.
Yours in Stitches, Maxine

Working Hard...

I am having fun and will,probably be a wee bit late but as you can see Nature's Journey IS on the table!  I had a hard time starting the applique and I finally opted for the "water soluble stabilizer" method.  I am finally happy so it is full steam ahead!  So neat to see everyone's choices. Please don't whip too hard or I won't be able to stitch ;)

Peg from Peg's Place in Quebec, Canada

A different direction

Hello my friends,
I decided to change a few of my fabrics.
This was my first choice so kept with this 
using the colours to find the right fabrics.

These are my final choices but may add the odd fabric as needed.
They are `Collection for a Cause Mill Book Series`.
Plus some `Moda French General` fabrics for peek a boo border 
and binding. 
Then the `Vintage Rose` series for backgrounds.
My `Natures Journey` I am keeping this lovely box 
as I work on this quilt.

February`s blocks complete.
I am so pleased how they look.

Till next month,
Happy Stitching,

Nearly there...

Hi Ladies,

Gosh where has the month gone.. got to confess I am not sure I will finish all by Saturday.  Only got home late last week from holidays and parcel awaiting me... so have been trying to get what I can done, but had two job interviews yesterday and 5 friends from the UK are descending on us tomorrow for 2 weeks holiday so ALOT of time been spent cleaning and tidying and not enough on stitching.. but I am doing my best.

I did finish the Christmas Wish stitchery a few weeks ago... I used Cosmo 104 (reddish-pink colour).  Havent decided what I am going to make it into as yet..

Here is where I am up to with Part 1:

Two completed stitched blocks (gee just noticed my pressing is not the best!)

Appliques cut and ironed and ready to cut out and turn under tonight.  I am using the Hugs and Kisses iron on applique paper and Lynette Anderson's applique technique to do my applique.  Its the first time I have done this type of applique and I thought it would help me keep the shapes better.. so its a little more fiddling in the preparation but I hope it is worth it in the long run.

Will post more pics once I am done!

February - Tick!...

Part 1 ticked off...and with days to spare! wahoo!!...
Not sure about the basket handle but I'll revisit that if I can't live with it when the time comes...my applique is kinda wonky anyway so maybe it will fit in nicely at the end with the rest of the wonkiness...

Happy Stitching...
Annette @ Jindi's Cottage


Good but NO where near good enough...................
you can do it..........
3 more days to go...........
The whip cracker who is going to be whipped............
aka Chookyblue............

Part 1...

... is done. (The blocks are not trimmed yet.) The colours are much better in real than what the photo shows. I put the blame on my camera.  Hopefully the needle turn method will improve during this journey :-)
                It's so interesting to see all the lovely blocks that are made.
                                                 Happy stitching!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Missing page!!!!

I have misplaced Page of Part 1
It is the numbers of 1-7!!!

any chance of someone emailing this page to me??
Is ok if not, but thought I would ask.
I have them buttonholded and half stitched, just annoying I can't find this page!!

February Done

February made...........the next two weeks, i will be away, hope to find Spring,with us it is still cold,i like winter less and less  Greetings from Switzerland

My Feb Finished!

Have really enjoyed stitching these. As you can see, I opted for blanket stitch applique (its my favourite!). Although I bought most of my fabrics its lovely to be able to incorporate some old favourites from the scrap pile into the small appliques.
Great to see everyones versions! Will have a break from this one for the next week or so now. Keep up the good work stitchers!

Marlene (Oz)

Month 1 done

My month 1 of the Nature's Journey is completed. Lovely to see all the different colourways. I am using my stash for my fabrics and just bought a few extra blues for the backgrounds.

Me too !!

I'm on time !

It's hard to have the right colors on the pictures… so this is a try by daylight :

See you soon !

February finish !!!!!

They where almost ready a few weeks ago, but....
I had to work on another project and I'm also
making the Gossip in the garden;
I went to l'Aguille  en fête in Paris....
Is there somebody who knows where I can buy
Have a nice day,

Monday, February 23, 2015

Now for March!!!


February is done….!!!!!! …..

january finished and still waiting for the pattern

..... january is been finished for a while ..... but I'm still waiting for the pattern ....... probably I'll get it next week so that will be lots of work in march ....



Beat the deadline by 6 days!!! YAY!!!
After a lot of serious thinking I decided to do the applique with buttonhole.
I have way too much on my plate at the moment and as I have never done needle turn I decided to go the easier way.

Part 2 cut out and applique ironed on ready to go!!

February Blocks Finish

Missed a whipping by 'that much' ... lucky I finished these and got them pressed and trimmed up last night. 

There's room for improvement with my needle turn but I'm enjoying it.  Thanks Chooky :o)

Narelle @ Pins and Whiskers

February Procrastination

As usual… I'm dragging the chain!

I actually can't decide what to do!

As I thought I'd like a retro effect… I thought I'd put ric rac circles around my appliqué.
I found a lovely linen ric rac..but now think it looks too heavy.. Also I bought all they had.. now I don't think there will be enough for the small squares  :(

Then I found a lovely small blue ric rac…. stitched it on with grey thread… and it looks too solid!! even when I use blue thread… you can't see the little waves….

I'm loving everyone else's work… do you think I should give up and blanket stitch????

I've also just had cataract surgery on my right eye last Thursday…(and the left eye 4weeks ago) so seeing anything close up is a little frustrating at the moment!!..

Does this mean I can get an extension Chooky???? PLEASE?????

Cheers Lea

Nearly finished February blocks

Hi everyone. Just letting you know I'm still on the planet and working on my February Blocks. My son hurt his shoulder at a swim meet and my father had some exploratory surgery. All good on both counts but it's taken me away from sewing.

I took the blocks with me when my father went I to hospital and worked on them between hospital visits. The hospital is over an hour away and as my father doesn't cope well with hospital stays, we need to visit twice a day. So my mother and I go down and stay near the hospital.

I don't have photos yet. Hope to have that done in the next day or so.

My father is going in for a longer hospital stay next week so life will get a little busy this week preparing to go, but I'm hoping to be very close to finished if not finished by the time I go.

Depending on how things go with my father and when the next block arrives from Anni, I'm hoping to be working on March's blocks while I'm away.

Life is a juggle - as always.


Sunday, February 22, 2015

Blocks for February

I am done it yesterday, but I was kind of busy to post it.
I enjoyed a lot for doing it. I am so blessed to be part of it!!😊

time to pull the whip out.............

Well we have 1 week left and a hell of a lot of girls to get their Feb SAL commitment done..............I know we still have almost a week BUT.................time is flying..........
What we have seen is fantastic so I am sure you girls will have something wonderful to share too...........I just love seeing all the different fabric choices................
anyway get sewing.............
Also I may not get the blog updated until Sunday so don't panic...............remember if I have commented it is updated on the sidebar..........
Think I need to crack the whip on myself this time too........
have no idea how I am going to get it finished this week........... 
But give it a go girls............can't wait to see your blocks....
Happy Stitching
PS there are still a few girls who have not done a post since they joined the SAL in January................it is a group blog and you joined to be part of the group so we would love to see what your up to..............

February update

Friday night I finished the stitching these blocks.

I have one to go. The year block.

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My February Blocks

I am very happy to have finished my Blocks for February as I am finding them very challenging..


 The needle turn is tricky with my dodgy fingers BUT I hope by doing more blocks I will get better…….


Saturday, February 21, 2015

February Blocks Finished ..... Fiona H

I have had fun stitching my February blocks for the Stitch A Long ..... I LOVED getting the Block of the Month package from Anni at Hatched and Patched as I do love her fabrics ....

I have changed a couple of the little blocks and made them additional hearts because I liked the hearts better than the square in the pattern .... as usual I always seem to change something ....  

I am enjoying seeing everyone's finishes .... they all look so different and lovely !  Great stitching everyone !!   Fiona  @Peaceful Threads 

Applique Blocks for February

Truly can't believe I'm on time.....I generally don't start this way at all. 

Am thoroughly enjoying this so far. I'm using special scraps from my Aunt who passed away two weeks ago so it will be lovely to remember her by. 

Some wonky shapes in there but all part of the journey. And now to start March. 

Happy Stitching


February done

Finished my blocks for February. I love them. So much fun! Lori from Leaskdale, Ontario, Canada 

February's done!

Well, I guess that one of the perks of not being able to sleep at night could be to make the final stitches on the February blocks at about 2AM last night/this morning. 

And that with 8 days to go! Not bad. I wonder if I'll be able to keep up for the next months too. 

February's all done!
I have to confess, I have started to prepare the blocks for March - only cutting and drawing so far, but still, it's a start.

Here in Oslo it's a beautiful day, blue skies, sunny and about 10 Celsius outside (or, 15, as the thermostat suggests, but with the sun shining directly on it I think it's a bit off).

Have a nice weekend, everybody!